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by JOHN PRESLEY

John Presley

This month should be some really great fishing on Big Sam. During my guide trips in March, we caught some real good fish up to nine pounds. Most of the big fish were caught on a carolina rigged lizards, watermelon chartreuse tail and green pumpkin chartreuse tail. The corp of engineers really pulled the lake down fast last month it seems they were dropping it 4 to 6 inches a day and it fell between 4 to 6 ft in a couple of weeks. I guess that they are expecting some big spring rains. Maybe I will start my rain dance soon so we can have some water in the lake this summer. The lake level is falling so drastic everyone will be wondering were the water all went. Even though the water was dropping, some good quality fish have been coming in during my guide trips.We caught some good solid Rayburn bass. The fishing spots that seemed to have smaller fish on them a few weeks ago now have more solid 2 1/2 to 4 pounders. One of my clients, Jerry Winters of Houston caught a nice 8 1/2 pounder on a carolina rig lizard last month in about 9 ft of water. Also a good friend of mine, Jim Mayer landed a 10 pound 15oz bass a few weeks ago. No matter what happened last summer or what you have heard about Sam Rayburn, it is still one of the best fisheries in the United States, and will be for years to come. The wacky worm fishing should start to really produce some nice fish this month with the water temperature rising and the big fish moving shallow. Try colors like sour grape, watermelon red ,and red bug in the Zoom trick worm. I like using a 1/0 Mustad Finacky hook with the weed guard on the hook that has a 1/32 oz weight. This hook works really well in and around the willows and buck brush. I use a 664 Bud Erhardt 6ft 6in Paragon Series rod with a Shimano Curado 200 spooled with 14 pound Pradco Super Silver Thread green fishing line. During the months of April and May last year, we caught most of our big fish while fishing wacky style. In the next few months, remember that there will be a lot of boat traffic and people fishing our lakes so be polite to each other and respect each others fishing waters. Last month I saw a lot of boats cutting in and fishing between another boat and the point they were fishing. So if someone beats you to your favorite spot it doesn' t matter if he is in a tournament or not, by all means don't crowd him and force him off that spot or turn circles around his boat. The next time it might be you on that spot first in a tournament or just out fishing and you would not want that done to you. So when your out on the water just show some respect and it will come back to you and by all means be careful and courteous and enjoy some great fishing on Big Sam. During the last week of March, I will be fishing the Bass Master Central Invitational on Table Rock Lake in Missouri .This is the third tournament out of four on the central division. In next months article I will give you the results of the tournament and how things went.

By the way, when I am not fishing tournaments I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann s Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685.

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